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Get Your Mind Bent: Interview With Psychedelic Porn Crumpets

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Get Your Mind Bent: Interview With Psychedelic Porn Crumpets

Natasha Martin

Perth band, Psychedelic Porn Crumpets have been blowing minds since they released, High Visceral (Part 1) in 2016. But these lads have been on one hell of a journey since then, from touring Europe and releasing High Visceral (Part 2) and their latest track Social Candy. We were lucky enough to have a chat to the band about touring, writing music and their record label, What Reality? Records.

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For the readers that may not know, who makes up the wonderful band Psychedelic Porn Crumpets?

Jack McEwan - Vocals, Guitar, Vietnamese Flute in the drone part on Ergophobia
Luke Parish - Guitar, flicks the radio on in Entropy
Danny Caddy - Drums, a-flat-adagadum
Luke Gary Reynolds - Bass

Now, everyone wants to know, where did the name Psychedelic Porn Crumpets come from?

Years of heavy brain abuse. I wanted something fun that would make people intrigued to listen. Band names seem kind of obsolete now, like book titles, so I was after something ridiculous to reflect the absurdities of merely existing. Would have been better with a question mark at the end.

All musicians had to learn ‘Smoke On The Water’ when starting out, but what was the the first song you learnt to play?

Through The Fire & The Flames - Dragonforce.

You guys recently toured Europe, that must have been such a wild time! What are some of your highlights from the tour?

I'm genuinely struggling to remember a lot, we have Mike to thank for that, he's my highlight.
The band riders were incredible, all the venues treat you like royalty. Amsterdam was beautiful, had a good pickling there. The castles in the U.K. were insane but the golden ticket was easily the crowds, they were fully into it every moment, felt amazing to be a part of. Can't wait to do it again!

You’ve also toured with the likes of King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Dune Rats, Black Mountain, Goons of Doom, Skegss and Royal Blood. In previous interviews you’ve expressed your love for King Gizzard, and even described yourselves as “a King Gizzard cover band”, what is it like being able to have these opportunities to tour with bands you admire?


Pretty surreal sometimes, it doesn't feel like you live in the same world as those bands. We went to the O2 to see Arctic Monkeys and after the show were invited up to the green room for beers, that was a strange moment, we all collectively realised we were in that industry, it still doesn't really feel like we're musicians, we're just having fun mostly.

What can we expect to hear and experience on your Social Candy tour?

We're bringing The Southern River Band with us, from the beautiful brain of sir Kal Cramer, banter lord. They're a lot of fun, it'll be a good old Aussie pub shindig, one of the finest of WA's pandemoneous exports. As for PPC, we're tour fit after the Europe run and can now sink 2 cartons pre-show so expect nothing but the best!

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Social Candy was released mid-August this year, and fans have really been loving it. What was the inspiration behind the song?

Getting fully smeagled when your out and struggling to make it home. You know those nights where you've just had way too much Mr. Muscle and there's already 8 people sleeping on one sofa? You've got work in 4 hours so you try walk the yards but your gravity compass has cacked it and you wake up with a Big Mac smeared on your cheek in a neighbours hedge.

What does ‘a day in the life of the Porn Crumpets’ look like?

We'll get all 24 hours out of ya. There's multiple ways how we live, being on tour is the most fun. The come down is horrific though, you'll look like Voldemort.

As a Psychedelic band, your genre obviously is shown through your music but also within your artwork, such as your album art and vinyls. Is there a huge process when deciding on how you want your work to look?

We definitely think about it but I wouldn't say it's a huge process. We just go on Instagram and like an artist then contact them. When we write we don't really think of a visual element. It's usually after, in a mad dash.

In previous interviews you’ve said that film inspires your music, and that there is a crossover between visuals and sound. How do you as a band like to express that, either in your albums or when performing?

Directors inspires me, or the visionary of a project. Some films seem like they get tampered with too much. But when you get a great stylist like Wes Anderson they can make you believe in their world, through transitions the same way a song can, or in certain colour pallets which could reflect a guitar tone. Lo-fi music has come back massively in the last few years the same way some movie producers choose to use film again rather than digital. Quentin Tarantino does this really well, it gives the overall project a unique flavour the same way Kevin Parker uses certain microphones to record a drum kit, or how Ruban Neilson records with a variety of different tape machines to make a track seem like a lost 60's relic.

You also have your own independent record label - What Reality? Records - what inspired you to start this label?

Keeping everything in house. There's too many people out there wanting to take a slice or change the 'art' to reach more people. This way we can create what we want, when we want. Seems logical in this age when most bands end up in debt after selling millions of records. If we sell a record, that money is going straight towards the production of the next record and helping us keep making music.

What can we look forward to from you guys in the future?

More albums, more tours. We're really enjoying things right now. We've just sold out our first UK run and can't wait to head back over. We've got the Social Candy tour in full swing here back home and hopefully soon we can head over to America and see what's happening over the pond.

In style, we end with a fun question. So, who would win in a fight. Bart Simpson or Ash from Pokemon?

Ash, cause he's using animals.

Catch Psychedelic Porn Crumpets on the 13th this month at the Adelaide Uni Bar.

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